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Kathmandu, Nepal

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(February - April, 2011)

Crowded Thamel: tacky tourist zone in polluted Katmandu, Nepal.  Looks like some Korean tourists are causing a traffic jam while they haggle with a taxi driver but it gave me some space to take this shot. 


Nepali ladies selling vegetables on a crowded street.


Ladies selling marigolds outside the Temple in Durbar Square, Kathmandu.


During a big Hindu holiday all the kids made little road blocks asking for "tolls." Like America's Trick or Treat.  Some people give a few rupees and others blow through.  Boys I can say no to but these sweet girls knew I was a pushover. The smallest note I had was 50 rupees, which was soon converted into a pile of candy.


Posing with some friendly Nepali children during a walk in the industrial part of Kathmandu, Nepal 


Ludo: a board game Nepali men play. This board was hand-drawn, although I've seen them for sale in the store. I've no idea what the game involves beyond dice and markers.


I finally found an 8 mm Allen key for my pedals but I had to buy the whole set. About US$30.


Typical hotel room in Kathmandu. RP300 (US$4.30) a night for one person, free wifi, power half the day and bathroom down the hall.


Testing the headlamp. Or scoping out a big spider on the wall.


Possibly I'm carrying too many books and maps, but I haven't really decided where to go yet.


Walking down the street in Thamel can be a bit dangerous but it's never boring.


Narrow alleyways criss-cross Thamel, waiting to be explored.


Colorful wares for sale.


Maha Shivaratri, the celebration of Shiva's birthday. Festivities at all Shiva temples.


Everyone circles the temple clockwise. Makes the crowds more manageable that way.


Making offerings.








At Dawn till Dusk, famous bike shop in Thamel visited by many a passing cycle tourist. If you stop by, be sure to sign the guest book.


Guest book entry from Rick Gunn.


Another cycle tourist stops by.


Sonam, the owner, does some adjustments.


Wall of carvings for sale. I'd like one for the front of the bike.


Political poster. I thought the hammer and sickle was interesting.


A peaceful spot down a quiet alley.


Petrol is frequently in short supply, causing massive queues at the stations.


Inside the machine shop. I love shops like this.



I followed this man through the crowd for awhile, trying to figure out where he might have found that nice old Brooks saddle.


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